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We only made it as far as the lower lake as it was very windy and cold. It’s still a spectacular walk! The alpine plants and old lava fields are very interesting. We took 6 hours but that included lots of photo stops and 40...More
The scenery on a clear day is incredible! Starting and finishing in Whakapapa Village (free parking available), the track is a reasonably easy walk up to the Lower Tama Lake. The steepest part is the climb to reach the Upper Tama Lake, but the views...More
Most people return from the lower Tama lake and that's a pity since another 30 min of hiking gets you to the upper lake and it is absolutely stunning. The entire trip takes 5 - 6 hours from Whakapapa and return. Please do it only...More
Not too demanding and the view at the top lake is a nice lunch spot - especially if you’ve bagsied the stone wind-break someone has built, which is perfect for two!
On the way back we couldn’t believe the crowds at the bottom of the...More
Starting the hike at the Whakapapa village at 6.30 in order to be back prior the storms should come.
2 hours to get to the split to Lower Tama lake. Another hour to the end of the ridge heading to Mt Ngauruhoe. I was gonna...More
As others have mentioned, this hike is a great alternative to the Alpine crossing route. You get a lot of the same views but can leave and return to the same location.
- The trail up to the lower Tama lakes has modest elevation changes...More
We went in September for my birthday. Not the best time to go for the crossing but this walk was beautiful it was quite a flat pathed walk until the end getting up to the upper lakes however we took 6ish hours to go from...More